Do you think that'll be the same person you are now, and 10 years later? You will have to organize your work? You will be happy with your partner? You will also like your tattoo? Many people realize that changed compared to the past, but few realize that he or she becomes a different person in the future.
The best way to find out - ask people to predict how they will change in the next decade, and then to wait and find out if they were right. The problem is only that it is necessary to wait for 10 years. Because scientists from Harvard University and the University of Virginia in the United States decided to conduct a survey on 19,000 people aged 18 to 68 years. All participants answered questions about their personality, values and preferences. Then the men rated themselves on the same criteria 10 years ago and after 10 years in the future.
As it turned out, most people felt that much has changed over the last decade, but believed that virtually no change in the next 10 years. For example, 40-year-old participants who rated themselves in the past, believed that changed more than 30-year-old who had to predict how they will change.
The researchers called this phenomenon "the illusion of the end of history", as the people believe that they cease to age and change to remain the same in the future. This illusion occurs in adolescence and middle age, despite the fact that life is constantly changing.
The existence of "the illusion of the end of history" can be explained by two factors. Firstly it is more convenient for people to assume that they know themselves and that the future is predictable, because they believe now permanent. Second difficult to imagine the future, something to remember the past, and because we mistakenly believe that do not change.
If you want to know, how will you be in 10 years, you'd better think about how you were 10 years ago, to realize how significant changes have occurred to you.